Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

YSL Taupe Drop (03) Full Metal Shadow
YSL Taupe Drop (03) Full Metal Shadow

YSL Taupe Drop (03) Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a subtly warm-toned, purpled taupe with a hint of brown and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff, and it didn’t seem too watery whenever I tried getting color off of the applicator (because the formula has been finicky, I did ten pulls and swatches to check for consistency). This shade applied more smoothly, and I think it is because the finish is smoother–more pearled/stronger sheen–than frosted or sparkling, so it didn’t thicken on the lid. I still think application is best with a separate brush, as the doe foot really doesn’t provide control or precision at all (contrary to what they may market it as). It lasted for ten hours (out of the 16 claimed), which is good wear in the grander scheme of things but does fall short based on the description. Maybelline Black Orchid (130) (LE, $6.99) is slightly darker. Giorgio Armani Shadow (07) (P, $38.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Kat Von D Darkstar (LE) is darker, powder. Colour Pop Meow (P, $5.00) is darker. Gucci Beauty Sasso (P, $37.00) is lighter, powder. Giorgio Armani Organica (Left) (LE) is darker, cooler-toned, powder. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P) is darker, powder. MAC Ebony Blend #3 (LE) is darker, powder. Laura Mercier Violet Steel (LE, $23.00) is darker, less shimmery, powder. bareMinerals Pewter (LE, $14.00) is cooler-toned, powder. Anastasia Antique (LE, $12.00) is darker, powder. MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE) is warmer, powder. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #1 (P) is purpler, warmer, powder. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $19.50) is darker, powder. MAC Electroplate (LE, $21.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #4 (P, $33.00) is darker, powder. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #2 (P, $23.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

YSL Aquatic Copper (07) Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned bronze brown with copper and gold sparkle. It had a more frosted, textured finish, and it was watery yet dried down to a more uneven, flaky finish that was difficult to blend without lifting parts of the actual color (you can see how it blending in the crease caused it to lift in the photos below). It was consistently watery more often than not, and I highly recommend using a brush to apply, as it will soak up some of the excess water before it hits your eyelid, which will give you better color payoff and more even application. I had large chunks of the product flaking off within six hours of wear; I was beyond disappointed in this one. Tarte Pretty (LE) is darker, powder. Too Faced Frosting (P, $16.00) is a powder. Colour Pop On the Rocks (P, $5.00) is less sparkly. Burberry Gold #2 (LE) is powder. Tarte Bronze Cuff (LE) is less sparkly, powder. Kat Von D Nephilim (LE) is lighter, powder. Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is less sparkly, powder. Tom Ford Beauty Spice (LE, $42.00) is less sparkly. Anastasia Topaz (P, $12.00) is lighter, powder. Tarte Keepsake Frame (LE) is ligher, powder. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is powder. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is powder. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $16.00) is darker, powder. Too Faced Gangsta (LE, $16.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

YSL Dewy Gold (08) Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, yellow gold with a sparkling, metallic sheen. This shade was very watery, and it never seemed to have much of a base color. I tried to layer and build up the color, but it was always on the semi-sheer side. I didn’t have flaking issues, at least, though it was creased within eight and a half hours of wear. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #2 (LE) is darker, powder. LORAC Unlimited (P) is darker, powder. Makeup Geek Magic Act (P, $9.99) is a powder. Colour Pop Get Lucky (P, $5.00) is darker. Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE) is a powder. Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is a powder. Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #1 (P) is a powder. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is a powder. Stila Vitality (P) is darker, powder. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE) is a powder. Ulta Gold (P, $10.00) is darker, powder. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is less yellow, powder. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is a powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, April 20th, 2015

YSL Onde Sable (04) Full Metal Shadow
YSL Onde Sable (04) Full Metal Shadow

YSL Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a liquid eyeshadow that’s supposed to be “pigment-packed” and last for “16 hours without creasing, flaking, or fading.” It goes on to mention “pure color payoff” and that the applicator is actually supposed to be functional (including for lining). If you use the applicator, you’re going to get pretty poor color coverage and blendability, as the applicator seems to pick up far more water and not enough pigment two out of three pulls. I had the best luck by using a brush and letting some of that water soak into the brush, rather than being spread across my lids. Some shades wore well, while others gave me problems with color that flaked right off (in actual chunks and flakes) well before the sixteen hour mark. They’re not as blendable once they dry down, but you don’t want to blend too furiously while they’re still quite wet, or else you’ll end up with streaky color. I think this formula may work best as a one or two-hued look that has a more diffused, gauzy look to it, rather than as a richly pigmented eyeshadow.

I really, really wanted these to be as impressive as Giorgio Armani’s Eye Tints, which I love, but the price point is tough. I’m really at a loss as to how these were so different in general performance compared to the Eye Tints, because they’re very similar in feel and description–they’re both owned by L’Oreal. I had similar issues with some shades of the Eye Tints where the amount seemed too watery without enough pigment, so the product would go on more sheerly than if you tried again. For that reason, I don’t think the doe-foot applicator is the best delivery system. The Eye Tints are $172.72/oz., while the Full Metal Shadows are $200/oz. The major difference between the two was actually in the finish and dry down; YSL’s Full Metal Shadows are much more metallic with a heavier frost/shimmer element that seems to give a chunkier, thicker consistency when applied with more opaque coverage. It was almost like YSL’s version had more shimmer than base color, and the end result didn’t work as well layered or applied as a mutli-colored look. I was able to get better wear out of the product when wore with one or two shades as a semi-opaque wash of color. You can compare the two ingredient lists below, and they’re very similar in what’s in each, but the order of the first few ingredients is slightly different.

Giorgio Armani: Aqua/Water, Propylene Glycol, Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Lauroyl Lysine, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Zea Mays Starch, Dipentaerythrityl Tetrahydroxystearate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sorbitan, Isotearate Phenoxyethanol, Stearath-20, Argilla/Magnesium Aluminum Silicate Magnesium Silicate, PEG-75 Stearate, Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica[Nano]/Silica,Xanthan Gum, Tin Oxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates Copolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteth-20, Alumina, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, May Contain CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/Iron Oxides, CI 77007/Ultramarines, CI77400/Bronze Powder, CI77400 Copper Powder, CI77288/Chromium Oxide Greens, CI 75470/Carmine, CI 77163 Bismuth Oxychloride, CI 77510/ Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 77742/ Manganese Violet, CI77120/Barium Sulfate, CI19140/Yellow 5 Lake, CI42090/ Blue 1 Lake, Mica.

YSL: Aqua/Water, Propylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosicilate, Talc, Lauroyl Lysine, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Calcium Aluminum Borosiclate, Zea Mays Starch/Corn Starch, Dipentaerythrityl Tetrahydroxystearate/Tetraisostearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimtehicone Crosspolymer, Sorbitan Isotearate, Argilla/Magnesium Alumnum Silicate, Glycerin, Silicia, Phenoxethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates Copolymr, Alumina, Magnesium, Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Tin Oxide, Silicia [Nano]/Silicia, May Contain Mica, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/Iron Oxides, CI 77007/Ultramarines, CI77288/Chromium Oxide Greens, CI77400/Bronze Powder, CI77400 Copper Powder, 77510/ Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 77742/ Manganese Violet, CI77120/Barium Sulfate, CI19140/Yellow 5 Lake, CI42090/ Blue 1 Lake

YSL Onde Sable (04) Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a peachy gold with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly when applied with a brush. It wore well for ten hours before creasing on me. MAC Natural Vigor #2 (LE, $21.00) is powder. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is more orange, powder. Tarte Rose Champagne (LE) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Lorelei (LE, $19.50) is darker, less shimmery, powder. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is rosier, powder. LORAC Light Bronze (P) is lighter, powder. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE) is powder. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $18.00) is warmer, powder. MAC All That Glitters (LE, $16.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

YSL Pink Cascade (06) Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a rosy peach-copper with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was semi-opaque to opaque, depending on how much product was caught on the applicator, but it thickens a lot on the skin, so you may want to apply less than you think. This shade flaked off in clumps at the eight-hour mark, but when I wore it as a semi-opaque wash of color blended all-over the lid, I had less issues with flaking until twelve hours of wear. Lancome My French #5 (LE) is a powder. Chanel Envol (847) (LE, $36.00) is similar. Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $18.00) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #2 (LE) is darker, powder. bareMinerals Bare Skin (LE) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P) is lighter, powder. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is less pink, powder. Urban Decay Sin (P, $18.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Naked Lunch (P, $16.00) is a powder. MAC Sweet Heat (LE, $19.50) is darker, powder. Estee Lauder Pink Zinc (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

YSL Steamy Coral (05) Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a brightened, orange-copper with warm, orange-red undertones and a metallic sheen with finer shimmer compared to the other two shades. It had semi-opaque to opaque color payoff that went on more evenly and seemed less watery. It wore well for almost fourteen hours before creasing. MAC Red Alert (LE, $16.00) is less metallic, powder. Makeup Geek Flame Thrower (P, $9.99) is a powder, brighter. Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is browner. Makeup Geek Roulette (LE, $5.99) is powder. Make Up For Ever I702 Mahogany (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, powder. Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is lighter. MAC Amorous Alloy (LE, $19.50) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is powder. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is powder. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is powder. MAC Star Myth (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Coppering (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Brash (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Onde Sable (04)

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8.5/10

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Pink Cascade (06)

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8/10

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9/10

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8/10

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Steamy Coral (05)

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Sunday, April 19th, 2015

YSL Full Metal Shadow
YSL Full Metal Shadow

Here’s a sneak peek of YSL Full Metal Shadows ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.), which is a liquid eyeshadow formula available in ten shades. They’re supposed to last 16 hours without creasing, which will be interesting to test for.

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Sunday, March 15th, 2015

If you tend to gravitate towards deeper shades in the spring, how about a few gorgeous berry-hued options? Here are five that are well-worth considering!

  1. NARS Fanny — a lighter, purpled-berry with a satin finish
  2. Bite Beauty Aubergine — a satiny berry-red
  3. MAC Rebel — a cool-toned berry with faint shimmer
  4. Urban Decay Venom — a cool-toned berry with pearl
  5. YSL Forbidden Burgundy — a glossy berry

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Sunday, March 15th, 2015

YSL Pop Water Collection for Spring/Summer 2015
YSL Pop Water Collection for Spring/Summer 2015

La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer ($27.00)

Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture is a new generation of nail lacquer that’s both elegant and practical and is presented in a sleek, elongated glass bottle imprinted with the brand’s timeless logo. Available in fashion-inspired shades ranging from subtle and natural to vibrant and dramatic, the nail lacquer provides a high-shine finish for an instant touch of glamour. Its long-wear formula contains chil rose oil, which strengthens, moisturizes and protects nails from chipping and cracking. The lacquer dries fast and applies evenly without streaking and is equipped with a new custom-made brush that allows an easy and fast application. Color adheres perfectly to the brush, pulling the formula instead of pushing it for a flawless, intense result.

  • Rouge Wet (63)
  • Fuchsia Rain (64)
  • Rose Splash (65)
  • Orange Drop (66)

Full Metal Shadow Metallic Color Liquid Eyeshadow ($30.00)

Yves Saint Laurent Full Metal Shadow is the brand’s first metallic-color liquid eyeshadow. Its pigment-packed formula lasts up to 16 hours without creasing, flaking or fading and contains 40% water for a cooling effect and pure color payoff. An exclusive applicator allows you to create three signature looks, including a full lid, just the line or a graphic eye.

  • Grey Splash (01)
  • Eau d’Argent (02)
  • Taupe Drop (03)
  • Onde Sable (04)
  • Steamy Coral (05)
  • Pink Cascade (06)
  • Aquatic Copper (07)
  • Dewy Gold (08)
  • Misty Green (09)
  • Wet Blue (10)

Rouge Pur Couture Plump Up Glossy Stain ($36.00)

Give your lips an instant push-up effect with Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Plump Up Glossy Stain. The invigorating, hydrating formula is enriched with hyaluronic acid and gives your pout a fuller, more voluptuous shine that lasts up to six hours.

  • Plump Up (200)

Pop Water Glossy Stain ($36.00)

Splash into summer with Yves Saint Laurent’s newest Glossy Stain, Pop Water. The third revolution under the Glossy Stain franchise, Pop Water is formulated with water brilliance, providing 10 hours of hydration and a translucent pop of color. Its applicator features a unique slanted tip and short soft bristles that allow flawless application and perfect precision.

  • Dewy Red (201)
  • Rouge Splash (202)
  • Eau de Corail (203)
  • Onde Rose (204)
  • Pink Rain (205)
  • Misty Pink (206)
  • Juicy Peach (207)
  • Wet Nude (208)

Availability: Pre-order now at Nordstrom; some products are showing 3/16 as date they’ll be shipped and others are showing 3/31

Editor’s Note: I’m not certain which shades or formulas are limited edition/permanent–Nordstrom doesn’t say, and everything is listed as a Nordstrom exclusive at the time of this post!

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Sunday, March 1st, 2015

A tried and true favorite of mine, coral lipstick is a shade I reach for throughout the year. If you’ve been looking for a way to warm-up your spring, consider these five beautiful shades:

  1. YSL Peach Passion — a glossy, peachy-coral
  2. NARS Julie — a soft, pink-coral
  3. Estee Lauder Eccentric — a light-medium pink-coral
  4. Urban Decay Streak — a medium coral-pink
  5. Maybelline Coral Burst — a luminous pink-coral

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